The latest member of the San Antonio Spurs to show off his musical talents, DeMar DeRozan took to Instagram to show off his rapping skills.
In a weird way, the coronavirus has leveled the playing field between NBA players and their fans. You might not ever be able to dunk a basketball, but NBA players are struggling to find a way to keep occupied during this trying time just like you and me. Some San Antonio Spurs players have started showing off their musical talents during the season suspension.
The first member of the Spurs to showcase his artistic abilities was Patty Mills. He responded to a video of Giannis Antentokounmpo playing the guitar with one of his own. DeMar DeRozan followed that up by taking to Instagram Live to drop a few bars for the fans.
DeRozan has talked about his fondness for rapping before. He spoke to Taylor Rooks with Bleacher Report last summer about a secret mixtape that he has. In that interview, he revealed that both Kendrick Lamar and Drake have heard some of his music and both of them really liked what they heard. Coming from two of the best artists around that’s pretty high praise.
After hearing what DeMar had to deliver, I’m inclined to agree. The Spurs star wing has talent.
DeRozan isn’t the first, and surely won’t be the last, NBA star to dabble in the rap game. Damian Lillard showed off at this year’s All-Star Weekend and his album Big D.O.L.L.A, featuring established artists like Lil Wayne and G-Eazy, came out last summer.
DeRozan declined to name a professional rapper that he thought he sounded most like, preferring to describe his style as “West Coast Compton sound.” Personally, I thought he sounded similar to 2Chainz.
There are plenty of NBA players with rap skills, would it be too much to ask for an EP? They’ve got the time and the talent, and NBA fans would eat it up.